CFP: The Future of Inclusion

Annual Conference
The Future of Inclusion
26th Annual Meeting of Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World

July 18th-23th, 2019 at University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR, U.S.A.

http://www.spcw.org/annual-conference/

We invite submissions for the 26th-annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World (SPCW) to be held July 18th-23rd, 2019 at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR. While we welcome and encourage papers on any topic related to philosophy in the contemporary world (broadly construed), of particular interest are papers that engage with this year’s theme: the future of inclusion.

Given much of US and global public discourse on ideological polarization, identity politics, tribalism, and divisive political actions, it seems necessary and important for contemporary philosophers to address the question: What is the Future of Inclusion?

We welcome papers on all topics, from any and all philosophical traditions. SPCW is especially interested in, and invites contributions by those from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds, as well as anyone working to expand the scope and quality of philosophical discourses beyond the conventional canon. In addition to traditional papers and presentations, SPCW welcomes diverse formats such as spoken word, script readings, performances, and other approaches that invite and broaden philosophical reflection. Hence, in addition to established philosophers, we welcome the fellowship of graduate students, nontraditional philosophers, and persons with other non-philosophical specializations. We aim to provide the atmosphere for a genuinely positive and supportive exchange of views.

Topics to be addressed could include (but are not limited to):

Altruism and Empathy
Assessing Bias and Prejudice in 2019: Failures, Successes, Future Directions
Being at Home in the World: Interpersonally, Socially, Spiritually
Democracy, Diversity, and Recognition
Entitlement: Ethical and Political Issues
Epistemology and Phenomenology of Belonging
Epistemology, Neurology, and Psychology of Generative People
Global Citizenship and/or Global Human Rights
Making People Count in Immigration Policy
Nonviolence and Resistance to Oppression
Policing (and Incarcerating) Black Men
Remaking Meanings of Manhood and Masculinity
Reviving Civic Culture and Social Capital
The Right to Have Rights
Tolerance: Moral Virtue and Political Necessity
White Fragility: Why Whites Can’t Talk about Race
Afrofuturism and the Philosophy of Science
Can we have a responsible Ethics of Hope?
Moral Guilt or Responsibility: How Should We Respond to Ethical Failure
Inclusive Feminism and the Critique of White Feminism
The Future of Sexual Politics
Accountability, Reparations, and the Philosophy of Healing
Posthumanism and Radical Inclusivity
Becoming Ecologically Inclusive: Interdependency, the Environment, and the Future of Climate Change
Becoming Technologically Inclusive: Does the Future of Inclusion Lead Us to Cyborg Ethics?
Agonistic Politics and the Future of Democracy
Inclusion in the Public Sphere
The Revolution Will Be Accessible: Inclusivity and Disability
Neurodiversity, Neuroplasticity, and the Future of Philosophy of Mind
Liberation, Resistance, and Forerunners of Social Justice
HIV, AIDS, and Sero-Positivity in Philosophical Perspectives
Social Philosophy and the Limits of the Ideal, Nonideal, Possible, and Feasible
Racial Justice, Anti-racism, and Liberatory Intersections

Standard submissions: papers with a maximum length of 3,500 words, and an abstract of 100 words or less. Alternative presentation and creative proposals will be given consideration. All submissions circulated for double-anonymous peer-review.

Submissions are due April 1, 2019
Authors will be notified by May 6, 2019

The Journal: Philosophy in the Contemporary World welcomes submissions from conference participants. There are two ways to submit your conference work to the journal. First, once you’ve edited and expanded your presentation, submit directly to the journal via our email at pcweditors@gmail.com. We will use your successful conference acceptance as one of two blind reviews in our review process. The second way to submit your conference work includes submitting to a special volume. In the past, we’ve enjoyed publishing some excellent special issues reflective of conference highlights. In order to make this process work, we ask that conference participants work together to identify a potential guest editor for the special edition. This guest editor may then contact potential contributors, and ultimately propose a set of thematically linked articles.

Note to graduate students: SPCW considers all accepted graduate student papers for the annual Joe Frank Jones III Memorial Award for the best graduate student submission.

Submissions
Send submissions prepared for anonymous review including a separate title page identifying the paper title, author name(s), institutional affiliation, and contact email using https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsMvJhskWn2N7zKZ9ZMR0vhrT03-_MzQGpXCa-RMaz41o1eg/viewform.

If needed, you can also submit via email by sending the information to : Taine Duncan at tduncan@uca.edu or Paul Churchill at robert.paul.churchill@gmail.com.

Conference Site and Accommodations
Questions about the conference site, lodging, registration and other details should be sent to:

Taine Duncan at tduncan@uca.edu or Christian Matheis at matheiscg@guilford.edu

Linda Alcoff on survivor testimony

A powerful article, making really important points. (It does include several descriptions of sexual violence.)

Consistency is complex, of course. There is no real inconsistency in having contradictory feelings toward a flawed human being. In the Patrick Melrose novels, based on the life of their English author Edward St Aubyn, and their 2018 TV adaptation, the protagonist expresses tenderness and sympathy toward the father who raped him, while in another moment he delights in his death. This is what it means to be human.

We needn’t jettison consistency entirely – but we should be careful about using it as a litmus test of credibility. Otherwise, important questions about which details truly matter, and about the causes of inconsistency, will all be lost.

Read the article.

“Host bodies”

Florida House Speaker José Oliva actually referred to pregnant women as “host bodies” during a sit-down with Jim DeFede of CBS Miami about an anti-abortion bill.

It wasn’t a simple slip of the tongue, either – Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, referred to pregnant women as “host bodies” five times throughout the interview.

Read on.

Helen De Cruz on how to create better philosophical communities

“How then do we expand efforts for inclusiveness to academic philosophy more broadly? To make academic philosophy more demographically representative of the broader societies where it is situated we need to look at the underlying factors that have given rise to these patterns. It’s vital to accept that academic philosophy, like other academic disciplines, is not a meritocracy. Pretending that it is makes things worse for people who find themselves at the periphery. It is an invidious form of denialism – which is, of course, the first and most effective way of enabling injustice.”

Now read about her suggestions for how to improve on this.

CFP: Process thought and feminism

The 12th International Whitehead Conference will have a section on process thought and feminism. More information on https://www.whitehead2019.org/call-for-papers

We are pleased to announce that the 12th International Whitehead Conference, under the topic “Process as Creativity–Process as Concern”, will take place between August 27-30, 2019.
The conference will take place in University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil.
You are cordially invited to attend this conference and submit your abstracts for presentations in any on the following sections:
1. Whitehead, speculation and contemporary metaphysics
2. Whitehead, aesthetics and the philosophy of creativity
3. Whitehead and modern philosophy
4. Whitehead, ecology, economy and ethics
5. Whitehead, mathematics, logic and natural sciences
6. Process tought and feminism
7. Whitehead and continental philosophy
8. Whitehead and Eastern philosophies
9. Process thought and African philosophy
10. Amerindian animism and process thought
11. Process philosophy in Latin America
12. Whitehead and theology
13. Process philosophy and the future of democracy 14. Whitehead, psychology and social sciences
15. Whitehead and post-structural philosophies